This engaging, thought-provoking novella is the life story of Changez, a Pakistani, American-educated businessman. Narrated in a monologue to an American traveller in a Lahore cafe, Changez describes his infatuation with America and his subsequent disillusionment, which led to his return to Pakistan. Shortlisted for the Booker prize.
A cracking debut from this Pakistani author, which echoes the work of Mario Vargas Llosa and Louis de Bernieres in its satiric, political attack on a ridiculous but brutal regime. Longlisted for the Booker Prize.
Winner of the Whitbread prize, this is the story of Masuji Ono, a peaceful artist living in Japan at the end of the war. The country is being rebuilt around him, but as he looks back over his life he recognises that his art was a mouthpiece for imperialism during the war and he is haunted by a dark secret. Like The Remains of the Day, this book is an intoxicating, lyrical gem dwelling on culpability and the unspoken.
Ma Jian's controversial novel about Tibet was banned in China on its publication in 1987 and tells the story of a Chinese writer who journeys to Tibet. As he wanders across the silent plateau meeting nomads, lamas and watching a sky burial, he becomes intoxicated by the siren-call of this mysterious, spiritual culture. Hypnotic stories of enchantment and horror.
One of the greatest Vietnam novels ever written, great, sprawling and multi-charactered, it is something of a war-time Middlemarch. Beginning in 1963 with a chapter covering each of the next 20 years, CIA operative Skip has been sent on a mission to the Philippinnes and then on to North Vietnam by his uncle the increasingly psychotic 'Colonel'.
This great novel tells of a Go match, a Japanese game of strategy, between an old master and a young challenger. Kawabata captures brilliantly the moment when the traditions of imperial Japan met the changes of the Twentieth Century.
An engaging history of Korea brought to life by the story of Najin a young calligrapher's daughter. Sent to the royal court she watches the monarchy collapse and the country succumb to Japanese invasion.
Ruyard Kipling's enchanting stories based on folk tales from India and around the world. From how the camel got his hump to how the rhinoceros got his skin, his playful use of language makes these stories enjoyable for both children and their parents.
A violent, sexy, psychological thriller which tells the story of four women who become accomplices while working night-shifts at a factory in the suburbs of Tokyo. Intensely powerful and occasionally horrifying.
From the Booker-shortlisted author of Lost Dog, comes a haunting story set in Sri Lanka in the 1930s. Sam, a lawyer from a wealthy family, watches as his life begins to disintegrate as his father dies leaving gambling debts, he is caught up in a murder scandal and political and social turmoil are ripping his island paradise in two. Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, this novel is part murder mystery, part historical background and part literary tour-de-force.
Set in 1920s India, Pran Nath is our half Indian, half English anti-hero who is thrust from a pampered childhood into the city streets, on to the court of a Maharajah, adopted by a Scottish missionary and finally on to Oxford. A fast-paced, satirical novel, it is also a beautifully-written exploration of race and identity.
In the same accomplished way that John Lanchester intertwines history and personal stories, he weaves together the four lives of an English entrepreneur, a journalist, a Chinese nun and a young Chinese businessman. An emotional novel about corruption, love and determination, set against a backdrop of seventy years of Hong Kong's history.
Martin Limon's first novel about two American military police in 1970s Seoul charged with trying to solve the murder of a local prostitute. An insightful picture of Korea, as well as a realistic and gripping thriller.
Based on a true story from the 1970s, Yiyun Li's novel describes the tragic events in a rural Chinese town after the inhabitants protest against the execution of a young woman. A powerful and well-written novel.